Pretty sure I can't unbrick my phone without a custom kernel
I have been searching the internet far and wide for some type of solution to the boot loop I am getting. I'm in way over my head here. Before anyone considers trying to root their new Note 3... I should warn you that it is extremely
risky. It's much riskier than rooting my original Note was. It seems like Samsung has gotten savvier to people modifying the phones.
My knox "warranty void" is now maked as 0x1... which from my understanding means that I can no longer load a stock kernel on my phone... The problem is I can't find any non-stock kernels or roms for the N900W8. Hopefully this is just a matter of time, and I can try to make due without a phone for a while. (the thought of that being more than a few days is gutwrenching. I use my phone at work constantly.)
I made the mistake of trying to restore a backup through TWRP after SuperSU was crashing constantly. Little did I know that restoring a backup would throw me into a boot loop. And now upon reading the "rooting" instructions, I see in huge bold capital letters "DO NOT RESTORE A NANDROID OR YOU WILL HARD BOOTLOOP." The problem is I had never even heard of "Nandroid" before tonight. I rooted my original Note a long time ago and never thought about it again. After looking up what a "Nandroid" is, I've become aware that it's backup software for rooted
users. Well.. how could I possibly have a Nandroid if I wasn't able to root yet. Are all backups, even those made in TWRP referred to as Nandroids? If that disclaimer had said "DO NOT RESTORE A BACKUP", then perhaps I would have known... but ultimately I should have been 10x more careful in this. The idea that the act of restoring a backup will ruin your phone is like a horror story. There is no way I would ever attempt to root this phone if I knew that you could not restore a backup.
Anyways... let this serve as a warning to those who don't know everything about these devices. If there is a single term in anything you are reading that you don't understand, even if it doesn't seem to apply to you, DO NOT PROCEED UNTIL YOU KNOW WHAT IT MEANS.
P.S. if someone could help me unbrick my phone, I would be forever grateful.